One Caravan and Many Stories

 In Pastor Jeff's Blog

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. – Genesis 1:26

There’s the story we hear in the news. And there’s the story we tell ourselves about the story.

In the last couple of weeks we’ve been hearing the story of a caravan of people traveling from El Salvador towards the United States. But it’s the story we’re telling ourselves about that story that  really matters. Here are a few that I’ve heard:

“Thousands of dangerous criminals from El Salvador are making their way to the United States to cause trouble.”

“Thousands of poor people from El Salvador are coming to the United States to take our jobs and resources.”

“Thousands of refugees are escaping the violence in El Salvador to find safety and make a living in the United States.”

What story are you telling yourself about the caravan? And as you consider your answer, remember this: this is a caravan of human beings made in God’s image. They have families and friends and hopes and dreams. And they are, according to Scripture, our brothers and sisters. How might that faith perspective change the story your tell yourself?

As I’ve listened to the news I keep thinking of another story. A story of a young couple, recently married and pregnant, forced by an oppressive and violent government to travel. And when they arrived in a foreign village the time came for the woman to give birth, but they were told that there was no room for them. And so, the woman gave birth in a stable.

That story reminds me that no matter what story we tell ourselves about the migrant caravan, Jesus knows their plight and journeys with them.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN.

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  • Ken Walter

    Reminds me of some Israelite deciding to get free from the Egyptians. Wonder if there is a Moses with this mass of human beings deserving freedom.

    • Ken Walter

      Also Thinking of Jesus having a mass crowd follow Him to the mountain and what he did about their need for spiritual and physical food.

      • Jeff Marian

        Ah, good connection Ken. Thank you!

  • Curt Carlson

    I can imagine him right now walking among the crowd.

  • Twyla

    Thanks Jeff

  • Lee Stoe

    Very insightful and timely, Jeff.

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